Category Archives: Dangerous Country living

Weather or Not–what to do about the weather

A few years ago we lived where tornados visited frequently. We decided to have a storm shelter built. The plan was to stock it with survival foods and other necessities so all we had to do was run and sit … Continue reading

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Texas Chainsaw

Be more careful than you think necessary when operating a chainsaw. My husband and daughter were simply taking down a standing  tree that was burned in a wildfire. He is experienced and has cut many trees down with a chainsaw … Continue reading

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Identifying Texas Snakes

For years, while watching my kids run and investigate wild Texas, I feared the possibility they would come in contact with venomous snakes. Being raised in Alaska, I had little experience with these critters. I purchased a series of books … Continue reading

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Poisons in a Texas Plant

  Russian Roulette Japanese style Amazingly, the meat of some puffer fish is considered a delicacy. Called fugu in Japan, it is extremely expensive and only prepared by trained, licensed chefs who know that one bad cut means almost certain … Continue reading

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Unexpected Consequences

We live far enough away from our family that when they visit over night they have to stay in a motel. To save money and encourage them to spend more time with us we looked for a way to offer … Continue reading

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Self Sufficient — Sensible?

In 1989 a solar flare caused a blackout centered in Quebec, Canada that damaged systems as far away as New Jersey. In 2003, a massive power blackout left approximately 50 million people without power for up to two days. 11 … Continue reading

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Ants In The Pants

As a young woman, I was fascinated by these industrious little marvels of the insect world. I even wrote a paper in biology class in high school on the extraordinary little creatures. But that was then, when I was in … Continue reading

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Lightning Adventure

“Honey, I just had an Adventure! As we are in the process of leaving Caldwell, Texas and beginning again in Smithville, Texas-I am feeling very nostalgic for our 16 years in Caldwell. Memories crop up at odd times. A thunderstorm … Continue reading

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So sudden…..

My husband, Bud and our daughter, Catherine were taking down a dead tree (the drought and wildfire got a lot of trees in this area. Dead trees had to be removed). Catherine stood close by behind another nearby tree. The … Continue reading

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